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Spectacular Oceanfront Victorian 'Cottage'

Bedrooms 7
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

7 Bedrooms, 6 Full Baths, Sleeps 16.

Re-live Cape May's golden age in this ocean-front Victorian 'cottage' built in 1881. If you want to know what summer life was like - for a lucky few, this is the place to be. Ocean views and breezes, high ceilings, massive period furniture, large, airy rooms, an expansive, fully fenced garden, off-street parking for four cars - and much more - make this house truly unique.

Double front porches overlook the ocean in front, and double back porches overlook the large, private garden. There are screened porches on the ground floor, front and rear. The elegant living and dining rooms were made for entertaining. Dine in the antique-furnished dining room, the gazebo and/or the covered pergola in the garden, the screened-in dining porch, the eat-in kitchen, or the brand-new family-room/playroom.

The property provides everything needed for a wide range of life-styles. The classic living and dining rooms are perfect for formal entertaining, but there is plenty of space for just 'hanging out' - on the four large porches front and rear, in the second floor sitting room/TV room, in the new family room/playroom, the screened in gazebo, the covered and paved pergola, the children's playhouse, or anywhere in the large, fully-fenced garden. You can dine formally in the dining room, in the intimate screened dining porch adjacent to the dining room - with a lovely view of the garden, or in the very large kitchen, the family room/playroom next to it, with a 'pass-through' in between. You can also eat outdoors, in the screened-in gazebo or the pergola.

This is the perfect place in Cape May - everything is within easy walking distance - or you can just stay at home and get lots of enjoyment there.

There are seven bedrooms, including two master bedroom suites, one on the second floor and the other on the third floor. Both have unobstructed ocean views and ensuite bathrooms.

Two more bedrooms face the ocean, and three more face the garden. There are six full baths on all four floors. There is a second-floor sitting room with a satellite-TV/DVD.

There is state of the art kitchen, with a Bosch 5-burner gas cook-top, twin GE Monogram ovens, etc., etc., a large table for those who like to eat in the kitchen, and another table in the adjacent, brand-new family-room/playroom, with its handy 'pass-through' to the kitchen.

The large family-room/playroom has a new flat-screen TV connected to the DirectTV satellite, a large, 'professional' foosball game, and a collection of board games, jig-saw puzzles, etc. It is a perfect place for young people to hang out evenings and on (hopefully rare) rainy days.

Keywords: Ocean-front, single-family home

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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2017

About The Owner

I am retired. My wife still works. We do a good deal of traveling around the world for business and pleasure. We seek out places of historical and artistic interest. We do not look for beaches - because we have never found one as good as Cape May.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1942

Why The Owner chose Historic District

This is our family's home. Four generations of our family has loved it and cared for it. We think it's the best house in Cape May - and we are not the only ones.

What makes this cottage unique

Franny's Folly is the only large, Victorian single-family home left in Cape May with ocean views and a sizable garden.

It combines the best of the old and new - original Victorian elegance and all the modern conveniences. Gilt mirrors, 'gazoliers' and furniture that were made for the house, plus central air conditioning and central heating, a state-of-the-art kitchen, six new and updated bathrooms, a children's playhouse and a family-room/playroom, a large, fully-fenced garden, a large pergola and gazebo for dining outdoors, sea-views from four bedrooms, two porches, the living and dining room. There are two master-bedroom suites and five additional bedrooms, and on and on.


Historic District Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Ground floor bath - toilet , shower , ground floor
    Master No. 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , second floor
    Master No. 2 - toilet , shower , third floor
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , third floor
    Outdoor Shower - shower , outdoors
    Bathroom - toilet , tub , main floor - with 'telephone'-type hand shower
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , tub , second floor - with 'telephone'-type hand shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , En-suite Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , En-suite Bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Can be made up as a king-bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , Day bed - a twin/single, with a trundle bed underneath
  • There are three sleep sofas, one in the second-floor sitting/television room, one on the main floor, next to a full bath, and a small one, suitable for a child, in bedroom number 4.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 7 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Stunning ocean views, large, totally fenced garden with eat-in gazebo and pergola; Family Room/Playroom, children's playhouse; Wi-FI; all the sights, shopping, dining, etc., in the nation's oldest seashore resort are within easy walking distance.


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Spectacular Oceanfront Victorian 'Cottage'
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews


  • 5 of 5

It's one of the most beautiful houses that I have ever rented. My family of 12 people had an excellent time there. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Best View in Cape May

  • 5 of 5

We spent our sunny spring mornings sipping coffee and listening to songbirds on the front screened porch. The view is the glistening ocean and the beautifully manicured Congress Hall. You are within seconds of restaurants, bars, shopping, and the beach, yet just off the strip enough that you can enjoy some peace and quiet. The house was clean upon our arrival which is important because we didn't have to spend the first few hours cleaning bathrooms or the kitchen (done that before in "New" houses). We were able to immediately grab some lunch at the Blue Pig. The house is filled with character. You can see beautiful Aesthetic Movement furniture, antique prints and photographs of the area, the awesome iron fencing, and even the cool carriage stepdown. It is like stepping back in time...I'd never used a dumbwaiter before. We had great weather, but that meant I probably missed some of the treasures that fill the house. Check out the fork in the kitchen that was in the Centre House Hotel which burned down in the 1879 fire which devastated so much of Cape May. It's framed near the fridge - melted tines and all. The bathrooms aren't all updated ( a few are modern and a few have character), and the kitchen is downstairs, but we had my elderly grandmother with us and she had no problems. It's a real old house, so you expect those things. The positives far outweigh any negatives. The gardens are beautiful, the many porches offer amazing vantage points, and it is easy to catch a glimpse of what life woud've been like in 1880's Cape May. I must also mention the welcoming "man that does everything" -the local caretaker-Brian, and an owner who communicates in a very timely fashion. a great vacation location. The Elliott family.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2012
  • Stayed: April 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Atlantic City
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Cape May - Lewes Ferry
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Atlantic City
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Garden State Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Dozens, on the Washington Street pedestrian 'Mall'

Cape May is famous for its beaches, and the best is 100 yards in front of the house. Also: Tennis; The Cape May Tennis Club has courts open to the public about one-half mile away. Golf: There are three golf courses open to the public within about 10 miles. Deep sea fishing: There is a multitude of charter fishing boats. Boating: There is a small-boat rental operation. Two live theaters (in summer), two movie multiplexes, and a good selection of restaurants and bars enliven the evenings. For children: There are lessons on sailing, tennis, basketball, baseball, etc. The Cape May Nature Center offers lessons on the ecology of the Cape May wetlands. There is an excellent little zoo in Cape May Court House and an interesting park around the light house at Cape May Point. Cold Spring Village, is reminiscent of Williamsburg, with arts and crafts, a petting zoo, etc. At Wildwood, four miles away, there is a boardwalk lined with miles of roller-coasters, bumper cars, Ferris wheels, etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Cleaning $300

Half the rent is due and payable with the booking. The remaining half is due and payable 60 days prior to occupancy. A damage deposit of $2000 is due and payable 60 days prior to occupancy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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